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Rugby union: Champs crush battling Lions; RUGBY LIONS 35 SEDGLEY PARK 50.

RUGBY came second best to the league champions, but at least went down with some spirit. Lions scored five tries but were undone by Park's forward strength and their own errors.

Sedgley dominated from the start and right-wing Ross Bullouh crossed to open the scoring.

But sparkling play took Terry Rahui through, his own conversion giving Lions a 7-5 lead on 33 minutes.

Ryno Ueckermann's penalty and conversion after Ian Voortman's try restored Park's lead.

Both sides had early attacks at the restart but it was Park's Dave McCormack whose converted try took his side 7-22 ahead.

Another converted try from Voortman followed on 48minutes as Sedgley's strength started to tell.

Bullough's try threatened a rout at 7-36 but Toby Handley's 56th minute try pulled the score back.

Tim Fourie then scored from Park's line-out on the hour.

Rugby did not give up and scored two converted tries through Handley and Reed for 28-43 with 10 minutes left.

A Lions error let Arno De Jager score and Parke wrapped up 50 points.

SCORERS: Rugby -tries: Terry Rahui, Toby, Handley (2), Phil Reed, penalty try; conversions: Rahui (5).

Sedgey Park -tries: Ross Bullough (2), Ian, Voortman (2), Dave McCormack, Tim Fourie, Andre De Jager; conversions: Ryno, Ueckermann (6); penalty: Ueckermann.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2004
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